No, it's not all costume parties, but you'd better believe there are zombies involved.
Thursday, October 27
Haunted History at the CALS Main Library, Little Rock: Let the creepiness begin! Layne Livingston Anderson is the author of “Haunted Legends of Arkansas” and she’ll be hosting a special storytelling session that will make you think twice about the things that go bump in the night. The ghost stories start at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Big Boo!seum Bash in downtown Little Rock: This area-wide favorite is turning the big 2-1 this year, but it's just as family-friendly as ever. Pack up the fam, put on your costume and check out 15 of the city’s coolest participating local museums and cultural attractions with games and trick-or-treating. But make sure your kids get their Boo!seum card stamped. More stamps get you closer to cooler prizes, including a tablet and a $100 gift card. You have from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to get the job done. For more info, including a list of locations and prize information, click here.
Friday, October 28
Science After Dark: Survive the Zombie Apocalypse at the Museum of Discovery, Little Rock: The choice is simple. When the virus inevitably comes, which side do you want to be on — the undead appetizer side or the zombie stomping side? This edition of the MoD's monthly grownup meetup will help you be on the winning team with a little help from their own verision of Lucille, aka science. Learn how to build traps and forts, how to administer first aid, how to make fake-out zombie wounds and even how to make your own light source. As always, there will be drinks from Stone’s Throw, pizza from Damgoode Pies and some Loblolly Creamery treats to wash it all down. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Tiny Hands Monster Bash at Next Level Events, Little Rock: Now in its 14th year, this annual amped-up costume party is — despite how the name may sound — for adults 21 and older. Guests can expect hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction and live music from Just Sayin’. Proceeds from the event go toward Family Home Little Rock and UAMS. The party starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
“The Crucible” Opening Night at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock: Inspired by the “McCarthy Red Scare” of the 1950s and twice as chilling, Arthur Miller’s tale of the Salem Witch Trials is a haunting twist of mystery, lies and mass hysteria. Check out our Q&A with the cast and after you see the play, stick around for a post-show celebration with complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Thursday & Friday, October 27 & 28
Maison Common & Ella McHugh Spring 2017 Trunk Show at B.Barnett, Little Rock: German-based fashion house Maison Common is about the finer things in life — luxurious materials and details, color and femininity, modern and straight lines. And handbag geniuses Ella McHugh are obsessed with creating a youthful take on classic design, and we love them for it. In other words, these spring lines are not ones to miss. Store hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, October 29
Arkansas Cornbread Festival on South Main, Little Rock: We don't even care if it's a stereotype to be Southern and obsessed with cornbread because we are both and proud of it, babe. Tons of vendors and live music, not to mention the traditionally incredible weather, make this cook-off in SoMa even sweeter. Bonus: It also benefits the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Our House and studioMAIN. It all kicks off at 11 a.m. and lasts through 4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Zombie Lumberjack Ride & Nighty Night Release Party at Lost Forty Brewing, Little Rock: How do you celebrate the return of a dark, limited edition, barrel-aged beer? You go for a bike ride dressed like a zombie lumberjack, of course. The day includes the ride, a bike build-off, a zombie adult trike race, live music from The Coasts, food trucks and plenty of the beloved Nighty Night brew. The undead ride at 4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Chili Fights in The Heights on Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock: Is there a more perfect dish than chili for an October day? No. Duh. This annual street festival pits teams against each other to find the best chili The Heights has to offer — including a visit from a team made up entirely of National Lampoon Uncle Eddies. Tons of chili? Yes, please. Benefitting the Arkansas FoodBank? Even better. Elastic waistbands? No doubt. Tasting starts at 4 p.m. and winners are announced at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Final Hay Days at Wildwood Park for the Arts, Little Rock: It doesn’t get more fall and festive than a family hayride through the woods, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Wildwood along with lawn games, arts and crafts and more. Stop in from 12-4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Tetherball Tournament at Domestic Domestic, Little Rock: Move over, Pokemon GO. This is how the real players play. Tournament prizes includes playground treasures such as unopened baseball cards and a Slim Jim, as well as a $100 gift card to Domestic Domestic. Sign up and send your opponents crying all the way back to third grade. The slaughter begins at 1 p.m. For more info, click here.
Witches Brew Supper Club Party at LaVada’s, North Little Rock: The event venue at 2005 Main St. is about to get spooky. Make plans to be on hand for the costume contest, food, drinks, music and dancing. Dinnertime is 7 p.m. For more info, call (501) 771-9099.
Chanticleer at Christ Episcopal Church, Little Rock: When The New Yorker calls you “the world’s reigning male chorus,” it’s kind of a big deal. The San Francisco-based group performs in prestigious concert halls all over the world and is now bringing its show to Arkansas as part of the Christ Church Concert Series. Audiences can expect everything from jazz to gospel to renaissance to contemporary. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, click here.
Chills & Thrills at Mount St. Mary Academy, Little Rock: Now, this is a crew that can really get into the Halloween spirit. The day’s activities start with the Monster Dash 5K at 9 a.m. and a family festival open through 4 p.m. Then it’s the parents’ turn to party at the adults-only Twilight Bash from 7-10 p.m. For more info, click here.
Thursday-Saturday, October 27-29
Used Book Sale at the CALS Main Campus, Little Rock: Bookworms, rejoice! The Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries (FOCAL) used book sale is back and it's scary good. The library basement is full of thousands of gently read books, and for the pocket change price tag, they are screaming your name. Purchase a wristband and you'll get River Market Books & Gifts discounts and early entry at 5-7 p.m on Thursday. For the rest of us, sale hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Pro tip: Bring a backpack. For more info, click here.
Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29
Warehouse Sale at Incredibly Charming Paper & Gifts, Little Rock: Already stocking up on holiday goodies? We thought so. Here's your chance to score 75-90 percent off popular gift and party items including invitations, stationery, funny beverage napkins, foam cups, wall art, frost flex cups, home décor, clothing and accessories for all year round and not just the holidays. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. For more info, click here.
Sunday, October 30
Halloween on the River at Riverfront Park, Little Rock: We’re all in for a Halloween festival and Brownie's LUV Foundation is on it by featuring this free fest with four stages of live music, food, drinks, a kids zone, a haunted cave and more. Proceeds go to The Van, which will also be accepting coats, blankets and cash donations. The fest lasts from 4-11 p.m. For more info, click here.
Andrew W.K.: The Power of Partying at The Rev Room, Little Rock: As part of his 50-state The Power of Partying speaking tour, party guru/motivational speaker Andrew W.K. is bringing his quest for human joy to Little Rock. With a large online following, this proponent of all things positive might be exactly what we need in our current cultural climate. The party begins at 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Thursday-Sunday, October 27-30
PopUp in the Rock: Metro Hub in downtown Little Rock: PopUp in the Rock is a community development project that focuses on enhancing local city areas with potential, and this year is all about the potential of transit-oriented development at the METRO’s River Cities Travel Center (aka the bus station) at 310 E. Capitol. The event is four days packed with food trucks, a farmers market and “rapid transit” bus rides to Boo!seum festivities, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Chili Fights in the Heights and the SoMa Cornbread Festival. For more information, click here.
Want more spooky stuff? Check out our ultimate guide to Halloween in Little Rock.